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Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

In this blog I’m going to share the dimensions and directions for the Christmas Tree Advent Calendar we worked on in my last live video which you can find “>here. The first picture is the layout of the tree with a list of which size box to use for each level. After that you will see the dimensions for each different size box then we will discuss how to make each box set.

Box Layout and Dimensions

Here is the layout for the tree itself. The list on the left tells you how many of each size box to make for each level.

These pictures show you the dimensions and score lines for each size of outer box. The dimensions and score marks for the inner box for each size is listed on the right hand side.

Making the outer box

**All of the outer boxes are made the same way with the exception of the box for row D. The instructions for that box follow right after the other outer boxes.

First cut your paper to the correct size and score it according to the picture for that size.

Next trim your score lines on the small tab as shown below. Also remove the bottom right section cutting the 1/2 inch piece at an angle. I also cut a small angle at the top right.

You can pre-fold the score lines now or after you add your adhesive. Placement of the adhesive is shown below.

Inside

Outside

Fold your score lines and attach the small tabs to the inside of the piece in between them as shown below. You want to make sure that when you are building your outer box pieces that you line them as straight as possible so that you tree will be straight.

Fold the remaining piece over attaching it to the 1/2 tab you put adhesive on earlier making sure to line it up as straight as you can

Now fold the remaining 1 inch piece over the back of your box. Use your bone folder or another smooth object to burnish down all of your tabs inside the box.

Special steps for the Row D box

This step will be completed after you cut the main piece for this box and get it scored. Go ahead and trim your side tabs and apply the adhesive to them and the back of your big flap. You will notice that your piece doesn’t have anything to be removed and it’s missing the 1/2 tab, this is because of the size on this box. There isn’t enough room for the 1/2 tab that the other boxes have so you will need to cut a hinge that measures 2 15/16 x 1 so that you can make your tab piece. Score it down the middle on 1/2 inch. Apply your adhesive to the hinge, fold and burnish the score line, and then cut a small angle on each end.

Attach your hinge pience to the end of your box where you would normally have it as shown in the picture below and then complete the box just like the others.

Making the Inner Box

For the inner boxes I used patterned paper so that there wouldn’t be a need for matting them and to keep the weight of the boxes down. I was worried that too much weight and the tree would stand up. Start by cutting your paper to the Inner Box dimensions that coordinate with the box size that you are making. Then cut one of the small score marks on each corner of the box (kind of in a triangle shape cutting down either side of the score mark towards the junction where it meets the other score mark) and then apply your adhesive to the outside of your tabs as shown below.

Pre-fold and burnish your score lines to make assembling your box easier. Then one at a time attach the tabs to the inside of your box. (After I made my box I used a Thumb Notch punch from WeRMemory keepers to make the half circle you see in the finished boxes. )

After you make all of the boxes for your row, apply adhesive to one side of all of the boxes but one for that row.

I turned my score board sideways and lined my first box up using the edges then removed the backing of my adhesive and slid the next box into place in order to keep them straight and square.

Building the tree

Once you get your rows made (or you can attach your rows as you make it like I did) put adhesive on the bottom of the shorter row (if you put it on the longer row you will have adhesive sticking out of your edges). I stood my boxes on their backs with the opening facing the ceiling so that the back of the tree would be even.

Making the triangle box for the top

I didn’t get around to making the triange box in the live video so I will try to be more detailed here. 

Cut your paper to measure 3 3/4 x 5.   On the 3 3/4 side score your paper at 1/2, 1 5/8, and 2 3/4 then turn it to the 5 inch side and score your paper at 1 and 4,

With the 1/2 section facing away from you, remove all of the sections on each side except for the bottom one as shown below.

Mark each of the remaining tabs on the outside at 1/2 and inch and then score them from that mark to each of the corners attached to your main piece as shown in the pictures below. (I used a ruler to do this. I lined it up with my mark and the corner and then folded the tab up)

Next you want to trim all but about 1/4 in off the corners as shown in the first picture below and then round the corners that creates as shown in the second picture below.

Apply adhesive to the outside of the small tabs you just made in the last step then flip your paper over and apply adhesive to the 1/2 tab 

Now you will start closing your box up as shown below by attaching the small tabs to the inside one section at a time. Then to close your box adhere the 1/2 tab on the outside (this is the base so the tab won’t show once you put it on top of your tree) I won’t even try to say that it was easy to put that 1/2 tab down because it took a bit of patience and fancy maneuvering to get it stick properly.

Finishing Touches

Once I got my tree finished I decided that it wouldn’t be sturdy enough so next I will show you how I braced the back and bottom using chipboard, cardstock, and glue.

My first step was to make a template but in hindsight I could have just marked my chipboard and skipped the template but I am showing you anyway. I used a 12 x 12 sheet of paper and marked the top at 6 then drew a line from the 6 inch mark to each of the bottom corners. This was the shape I used to draw up the original tree so I knew it would fit the back. Then I used my template to cut a piece of chipboard.

Attach the chipboard to ad 12 x 12 piece of cardstock using the adhesive of your choice (we all know I used scor-tape haha) then trim the sides as shown in the second picture below. I also rounded my top corners but as you will see in a couple of pictures I discovered that I had to trim a little bit more off of the corner. 

Fold your cardstock over to cover the sides of the triangle.

After folding over my first side is when I realized I needed to trim more off as shown below

Next I used PVA glue (spread out to cover the whole piece) on the triangle and attached it to the back of my Christmas Tree

For the base of the tree I once again used chipboard and covered it with cardstock. You can see the measurements in the first picture below. I then attached the chipboard to the cardstock

After trimming my corners I first folded over my short sides and then the long sides.

Once again I used PVA glue (spread out) to attach this piece to the bottom of the tree

I printed the numbers 1 – 25 out on white cardstock using the Broadway font at 22pt. I then used a 5/8 inch circle punch to cut them out. I used a 3/4 inch circle punch to make the green circles. I attached the numbers to the green circles using the PVA glue and then used a dimensional square adhesive to attach the numbers to my boxes.

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